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Pomegranates by Alisa Poplavskaya

 

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According to Midrash a pomegranate has 613 seeds to represent the 613 commandments in the Torah. The design of the pomegranate was woven into the high priest’s robes, and brass representations were part of the Temple’s pillars. It is mentioned six times in the Song of Solomon. In different cultures this fruit represents mitzvoth and desire, color and taste, symbol and paradise…

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Paintings by Alisa Poplavskaya

 

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“Menora” by Alisa Poplavskaya

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The Talmud speaks only of the menorah made by Bezaleel for the Tabernacle in the time of Moses (Ex. xxxvii. 17 et seq.), which was later placed in the Temple.

Shema Yisrael (or Sh’ma Yisroel or just Shema)  are the first two words of a section of the Torah (Hebrew Bible) that is a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” The Shema is considered the most important prayer in Judaism, and its twice-daily recitation is a mitzvah (religious commandment).

In the painting the following symbols are presented: Noah’s ark, Shofar, Menora

In my painting I have tried to combine those symbols with a light of life (hai) and enlightenment of the way with the prayer Shema.

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“Tree of the knowledge of good and evil,12 tribes,three fathers”

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“The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is one of two magical trees in the story of the Garden of Eden”(Genesis 2-4)

12 roots represent 12 tribes of Israel, three branches – three fathers (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), fruits of the tree represent fruits of the knowledge, two heads of fishes represent good and evil and they are looking into different directions, but the only One is watching all the directions of our deeds and observe all the fruits of our knowledge.

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“Ark of the Covenant” by Alisa Poplavskaya

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The Ark was made of acacia or shittim wood. It measured about 43 inches (1.1 meters) long, and about 27 inches (0.7 meter) both wide and high. It had 2 gold rings fastened on each side through which poles were inserted to carry it. The poles were to remain in the rings at all times. The lid on the top was called the atonement cover, or “mercy seat.” On top of it were two carved cherubim, with their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover (Exodus 25:10-22)

The Ark of the Covenant was by no means much more than just a box of wood and gold. The Cherubim (angels) were much more than a pretty decoration. Based on Midrash Divine Presence filled the Ark, the Cherubim on top came alive. Their wings were in a state of movement, opening and closing. Turning statues of gold into living creatures is certainly a feat worthy of the Sefer Yetzirah, but Betzalel did not bring them to life, the Shekhina did. Betzalel merely provided the body; G-d provided the soul (HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok, 2008).

Painting by Alisa Poplavskaya

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Der heilige Granatapfel – Die Kunst von Alisa Poplavskaya

Religiös-inspirierte Kunst läuft oft Gefahr ins kitschige-schwerfällige abzugleiten. Meist unterwerfen sich Künstler zu schnell der Macht des „Du-sollst“ und beten dort schon an, wo sie noch selbst schöpfen sollten. Auf die Kunst von Alisa Poplavskaya trifft dies mit Sicherheit nicht zu. Wer ihre Gemälde der Bundeslade und des „Granatapfel der Gebote“ sieht, hat das Gefühl Gustav Klimt sei zum Judentum übergetreten. Die Farben sowie die meist kabbalistische Symbolik haben nichts gemein mit plumper Esoterik und Weltflucht, sondern zelebrieren das Hier-und-Jetzt, das geheiligte Leben.
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